Welcome Back 2021-2022

Posted by Sean Haines on 8/20/2021 2:00:00 PM

Good afternoon Morrisville M/S High School Community,

We are ecstatic to welcome you back to a new school year filled with five days worth of in-person instruction!  Our faculty, staff, and administration have greatly missed interacting with our entire school community in person and look forward to resuming typical school days.  As the summer is coming to an end, we hope you are equally excited to return to the building and plan to show your Morrisville pride!  Our Marching Band and athletic teams are diligently preparing for their season each day and anticipate representing our school in their upcoming events.  We cannot wait to see how our students exhibit their talents throughout our extra-curricular activities this year.  

Additionally, I am excited to introduce and welcome our new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Heather Brahan, to our Morrisville Middle/Senior High School community.  Mrs. Brahan brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to Morrisville and is eager to support our families, faculty, and staff as a member of our Administrative team.

Our first day of school will begin on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  Middle and Senior High School students start their school day at 7:45 am and end at 2:30 pm.  Faculty are available for student support between 2:30 pm and 2:55 pm daily.  Additional information regarding the school year can be found below and should be reviewed with your scholar(s).        

Key Information

  • Face Coverings: Based upon the Bucks County Health Department’s guidance, masks are currently required within all indoor spaces.  This will be subject to ongoing review with updates provided to the community.  
  • Chromebooks: Students will receive their devices during the first week of school; Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be required to sign and submit a student equipment distribution form.
  • Book bags/Lockers: Students are permitted to use a book bag to carry their belongings throughout the school day.  Lockers and locks will be assigned to students to store excess belongings.

PowerSchool/Schoology

In support of our commitment to academic excellence, Morrisville Middle/Senior High School has transitioned from Genesis and Google Classroom to the PowerSchool and Schoology platforms.  PowerSchool will act as our new Student Information System (SIS) to assist in maintaining student information and academic reportings.  Schoology is an interactive Learning Management System (LMS) that promotes digital inclusion within the classroom.  Both platforms provide parents, guardians, students, teachers, and administrators the opportunity to access and review student progress and information.  Parent/Guardian and student logins will be distributed by Mr. Jon Shiota, our Director of District Operations.  Please review our district website for further details regarding the process and timelines.

School District Website

Please visit our District and M/S HS websites to remain up to date throughout the year on various important information, including the information included in this letter. In addition, the following essential information can be found on our websites:

Backpack Giveaway

All Morrisville students are welcome to receive a free backpack courtesy of the United Way, on a first come first serve basis.  Parents and guardians who would like to obtain a bookbag are encouraged to check the School District of Borough of Morrisville’s Facebook page to fill out a Google Form.

School Supplies

High School students (9-12) will be informed of any required school supplies during the first week of school based on the individual needs of their courses.  Supply lists for Middle School students (6-8) can be found on the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Team websites.  All students will be required to bring their charged district device and charger to school each day.

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

To ensure the safety of all individuals, students are not permitted to arrive on campus before 7:15 am.  Students who desire to eat a school breakfast will be permitted to enter through the rear Great White Lobby entrance. Doors will open at 7:35 am for all other students. MS students (6-8) will enter the building using the Rear Entrance to the Great White Lobby at 7:35 am.  HS students (9-12) will enter the building using the B Hall and C Hall entrances located in the front of the building at 7:35 am.  On inclement weather days, HS students will enter through the outside auditorium doors at 7:35 am, in place of the B Hall and C Hall entrances.  Students will be permitted to move to their first-period class at 7:40 am.  First period begins promptly at 7:45 am.  

Car riders may be dropped off and picked up each day at the following locations.  Middle School students, and all students who are eating breakfast, may be dropped off/picked up at the Great White Lobby entrance around the rear of the building.  High School students may be dropped off/picked up at the front of the building near the crosswalk.   

Bell Schedule

Period 1

7:45

8:33

(48 mins)

Period 2

8:36

9:24

(48 mins)

Period 3

9:27

10:15

(48 mins)

Period 4

10:18

11:06

(48 mins)

Period 5

11:09

11:57

(48 mins)

Period 6

12:00

12:48

(48 mins)

Period 7

12:51

1:39

(48 mins)

Period 8

1:42

2:30

(48 mins)

 

Back to School Night

Back to School Night will be held in person on Thursday, September 23, 2021, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Fall Testing Schedule

We are excited to announce that we will participate in the 20-21 PSSA and Keystone exams during the fall of this year.  This is a wonderful opportunity to determine student growth and to use this information to help teachers drive our instruction.  PSSA exams will be administered to students in grades 6-9 during the week of September 13, 2021.  High school students enrolled in Keystone Exam Courses (Algebra I, Biology, and Literature) during the 20-21 school year will participate during the week of September 21, 2021.  Students who are not testing will participate in instruction asynchronously from home.  More information, including a calendar, will be forthcoming.

Athletics

Students interested in participating in Sports are encouraged to contact Mr. John Hubiak, Athletic Director, at 215-736-3973 or jhubiak@mv.org.

Emergency Cards

It is highly important for every student to have an accurate and up-to-date emergency card.  This information is essential to contact parents and guardians in the event of an emergency.  Emergency cards will be sent home on the first day of school to update student contact information.

Non-Discrimination In-School and Classroom Policy Practices

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides, in part, that “no” otherwise qualified individual shall, solely by reasons of a disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in programs or activities or activities sponsored by a public entity.  In accordance with the provisions of these federal and other state laws and regulations, the Morrisville Borough School District sets as their standard the Non-Discrimination In-School and Classroom Practices (Policy #103).  This policy provides guidance and accountability to ensure and maintain non-discrimination in school and classroom practices.  It provides a conduit for complainants to be able to articulate their concerns and allegations.  It also directs the Compliance Officer to investigate promptly and provide corrective action when allegations are substantiated.  Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the District’s legal and investigative obligations. Note:  Non-Discrimination In-School and Classroom Practices, Policy #103 and other related policies; #103.1 Non-Discrimination – Qualified Student with Disabilities; #104 Non-Discrimination in Employment and Contract Practices; in their entirety can be found on the Morrisville Borough School District website.

ADA/Section 504 Coordinator- Ruth Demshick, Pupil Services Dept. 215-736-3036

Compliance Officer – Jason B. Harris, Superintendent  215-736-5374

Title IX Coordinator – Jason B. Harris, Superintendent  215-736-5374                         

550 W. Palmer St.                               

Morrisville, PA  19067       

As a new school year begins, we look forward to welcoming all students and staff back into our building for another year of challenging and rewarding instructional programming packed with enriching activities.  With your support, we seek to set high expectations for our scholars in a supportive environment that encourages growth and exploration.  We recognize that parent and guardian communication and participation are critical to the educational process and encourage you to reach out to our counselors, teachers, and administrators with any questions or concerns. We welcome your calls and will be glad to meet with you. In addition, if I can personally be of any assistance during the school year, please do not hesitate to contact me at 215-736-5260 or email me at shaines@mv.org.

On behalf of our faculty and staff, I want to thank you for your continued support and commitment to student successes both inside and outside of the classroom.  I look forward to seeing you at many Morrisville Middle/Senior High School events this year.  

Enjoy the remainder of your summer, and be prepared to hear exciting news regarding our outstanding students.

Sincerely,

Sean D. Haines

M/S HS Principal